Monday, 11 September 2017

Making it as a Writer in the Publishing World…

Self-doubt can cripple a writer. Even kill his or her dream of becoming a successful published author. Continual rejection (from both publishers and agents) can get under your skin and rip it to shreds until there’s nothing left, nothing to bleed out. Believe me, I’ve been in those trenches and it wasn’t pretty. So how did I pull myself out of this darkness? I. Just. Kept. Going. I felt I’d put too much time and energy into writing and planning books, I thought I might as well keep going, as I love doing this too much to quit. Plus, I’m truly a stubborn broad.

From the time I decided to learn how to write a book (1995) until I could finally call myself a published author (2012), there were a lot of those ‘dark times’. Still, I stuck with my dream of becoming published. I learned the craft of writing, joined writing groups, took courses, honed my skills, and wrote six books. Translation: I got my hands dirty. I practiced, persevered, and learned the art of patience. Those three key things pulled me out of my funk, and kept me going.

Another way I coped was to learn to develop a positive mental attitude through reading books and blogs geared toward positivity and success principles. This alone will take you far in anything you want to accomplish in your lifetime.

When you buy a house, you make an investment. When you go to school to learn a profession or trade, you invest in yourself. Writers can better their best only by investing the time and energy into their craft by going to conferences, writing workshops, taking writing courses, reading books on writing, and practice, practice, practice. I’ve got a lot of years under my belt just with practicing and learning, and have two book series to show for it. Was it easy? No. But I knew I was being true to myself by following my heart, and investing in myself.

I truly believe I was called to be a writer. At least the small voice inside my head said so. Like those blood donor ads that say ‘it’s in you to give’, so it was for me by following the path as a writer and give the world the stories bubbling in my imagination. Yes, I’d love to be a bestselling author. Yes, I want to make money doing what I love. Most writers want that. I know I have something to say so I stay on the path, stick to my plan, and smile with each step I take.

Do you feel that you’ve truly made it as a writer? If so, what did you do to create your success? Do have any advice for fellow writers looking to make their own mark as authors? Would love to read and respond to your comments! Cheers and thank you for reading my blog!

12 comments:

  1. Well done, Sharon! You hit the proverbial nail on the head. If writers fear rejection and don't see publication as an extrememly long-term proposition, perhaps they should be in a different line of work. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Anne! It's a tough gig and television shows romanticize a writer's life. Yeah. Thanks Castle! LOL!

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  2. I love that quote! It is important to acknowledge that the work we do is an investment in ourselves.

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    1. It sure is, Chris! And every book, novella, short story or poem is an expression of ourselves. Cheers!

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  3. Well said! As a recently published author, I can confirm that being a stubborn broad helps ;)

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    1. LOL! You got that right, Dianna! Cheers!

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  4. And sometimes you have to remember that it's just there within you. You can't stop even if all the marketing and submitting in the world is not overly successful. Like bashing your head against a stone wall...

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    1. True, Vonnie! And even though we're all writers, we have our own journeys ahead of us.

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  5. Well said, Sharon! You have to love the journey as well as the destination!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! And it's who you're with on that destination that makes all the difference! Cheers, my friend!

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  6. I completely agree, Sharon. Patience, a positive mental attitude, and perseverance are SO important for writers who want to succeed.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! We've learned so much along our writing journey together! Glad it's with someone like you! Cheers!

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